A jail sentence for a first impaired driving offence is “extraordinary,” but in some circumstances incarceration would be on the table, Toronto criminal lawyer Graham T. Clark tells the Toronto Star.

He makes the comment in a newspaper article about a police officer who pleaded guilty to one charge of impaired driving. A judge suspended his licence for a year and imposed a $2,600 fine for the crime.

Clark, who had no involvement in the case, tells The Star that in a cases like this one, where there was property damage and personal injury, a criminal lawyer would caution a client that jail would “be on the table if not inevitable upon conviction.”

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